Often called one of the most romantic cities in the country, Udaipur is replete with royal charm. It used to be the capital of Royal King of Mewar. With shimmering Lake Pichola and a wide range of purple mountains stretching its arm in every direction, Udaipur claims to be one of the most beautiful and royal city of Rajasthan. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a trip there on a not-so-royal budget. In fact, with its winding alleyways, beautiful lakes and ancient forts, Udaipur is perfect for a weekend getaway with your partner, and it’s easy on your pocket, too! Don’t believe us? Here’s the breakdown:
Train: The best way to get to Udaipur is by train. You can take either the Mewar Express which will cost you Rs. 800 (approx.) for return Sleeper class tickets or Rs 2,000 (approx.) for return 3AC seats. Alternatively you can take the Chetak Express, with approximately the same return fares.
Self-drive: If you’re the kind who loves road trips, driving to Udaipur from Delhi is also a good option. The journey is longish (around 11-12 hours), but the roads are smooth and the views are beautiful. It could add to that road trip you were planning for such a long time. Plus, you can always make a pit stop at Jaipur on the way: an added bonus!
Where to Stay
Mewar Haveli: This beautiful hotel is built in the style of a traditional Rajasthani haveli and offers stunning views of Lake Pichola.
Tariff: Rs 2,000 -3,000 per night
Amenities: Car Rental | Doctor on Call | Wi-fi
Janak Niwas Guest House: Located near the Udaipur City Railway Station, Janak Niwas Guest has comfortable, elegant rooms and a rooftop bistro.
Tariff: Rs 1,000 -2,500 per night
Amenities: Adventure Activities| Airport Transfer | Car Rental
The Lavitra Hotel: Overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, this heritage hotel is steeped in old-world charm and is the perfect choice if you want to splurge a little more on the stay!
Tariff: Rs. 3,500 per night
Free Wi-fi | Car rental |Spa
What to Do
Tour the City Palace: Built by Maharana Udai Singh, the grand City Palace overlooks Lake Pichola and houses the world’s largest private crystal collection. Entrance fee is Rs 50 per person. If you want to catch the Light and Sound show from 7-8 pm in the evening, it’ll cost you Rs 150 more.
See a puppet show: Traditional puppet shows are a must-see at Udaipur. Check one out at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum. Tickets range from Rs 30-40 per person.
Take a boat ride to Jag Mandir Palace: This hour-long boat ride starts from the jetty near the City Palace and offers stunning views of the ghats lining the lake. Boat rides cost Rs 300 per adult, and sunset boat rides cost Rs 500.
Old city Cycle Tour : You can tour the back streets of the Old City and indulge yourself with a conversation with the locas to know more about this City of Palaces.
Trek your way : Yes! Udaipur offers some trekking trails as well. Start early like 7 in the morning from Morvanya Village and trek along the amazing landscapes of the forest and mountain valley. Witness diversified flora and fauna stretch over the 10 kilometre trek around Udaipur.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary : If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then you must visit Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary that houses animals like Sloth bear, Jungle cat, Jackal, Wolves and Hyena. Jeep Safaris are available for a one day tour to this Sanctuary.
Where to Eat
Ambrai Restaurant: One of the best places in town to sample traditional Rajasthani (particularly non-vegetarian) fare.
Address: Amet Haveli, Outside Chandpole, Udaipur
Opening Hours: 12:30 pm to 3 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Cost: Meal for two costs Rs 800 approx.
Jasmin: Located near the Daiji Footbridge, Jasmin is great for tasty Indian food in an open-air setting.
Address: Daiji Ki Puliya, Outside Chandpole, Udaipur
Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cost: Meal for two costs Rs 200 approx.
Gallery Restaurant: Indulge in an English tea complete with scones, homemade jam and clotted cream in this tiny restaurant inside the City Palace complex.
Address: Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur
Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cost: Meal for two costs Rs 650 approx.
Total Cost of the Trip*:
Cost for 2 Nights (per person)
Train (From Delhi)
Rs 2000 (return, 3AC)
Rs 3,000 (per person, approx.)
Rs 2,500 (per person, approx.)
* All tariffs and costs are subject to change.
Tempted to Spend Some More?
Shopping: Like Jaipur, Udaipur is a shopper’s paradise. Try Hathi Pol Bazaar for miniature Rajasthani paintings, silver jewellery and printed fabric. Do not forget to buy Bandhni sarees and embroidered Mojri which are Rajasthan delights. The other markets that offer world class Mewar paintings and handicrafts are Bada Bazaar, Palace Road and Chetak Circle. Don’t forget to bargain!
Explore a Nearby Destination
If you have the time and the budget, plan a day trip to Ranakpur to see the stunning Jain temple complex, intricately carved in marble. It’s around two hours away, and taxis cost between Rs 600-900, depending on what kind of car you are hiring.
Travel during July to October, which is the off season, to get better deals on hotels and travel.
Convinced? Book your hotel and trains to Udaipur now for a royal, romantic retreat that doesn’t cost the earth!
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